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Spotify submits EU antitrust complaint against Apple

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Streaming service Spotify have submitted a complaint to the EU competition authority against Apple, saying the iPhone maker unfairly limit competitors own streaming Apple Music service.

Spotify подает в ЕС антимонопольную жалобу на Apple

Spotify, which was launched a year after the release of the iPhone in 2007, believes that control over Apple’s proprietary app store has deprived consumers of choice and limited the competing service providers streaming audio in favor of Apple Music service, which began operating in 2015.

The key provision of the complaint they filed to the European Commission, is disagreement with the Commission in the amount of 30% that Apple charges content services for the use of the system of purchases in applications (IAP).

According to the General counsel of Spotify, the company was forced to begin using the payment system in 2014, and then increase the monthly fee for the service premium from 9.99 to 12.99 euros, while the Apple Music service was launched with the same price that was originally from Spotify, that is € 9.99.

Later Spotify stopped using the IAP system, with the result that its customers can upgrade to a paid package outside of the app on the iPhone, for example, using a laptop.

Dissatisfaction with Spotify due to the fact that, in accordance with the rules of the app store apps for delivery of content may not include buttons or external links to pages, e.g. on pages discounts or promotions. In addition, they have difficulty correcting errors. Such restrictions do not apply to Android phones.

The service refused to disclose specified in the complaint the amount of damages, which, in his opinion, he suffered.

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Apple promises to be more honest with British users of the iPhone in terms of battery

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The British office for competition and markets (CMA) last year expressed concern about the fact that Apple does not comply with the requirements of the law on consumer rights. Then the Department became known that users are not given clear warning that the performance of the device can be reduced after software update.

Apple обещает быть честнее с британскими пользователями смартфонов iPhone в отношении состояния аккумулятора

This week the supervisor of the competition said that the company Apple has pledged to be “clearer and more candid” with the iPhone in terms of battery and performance.

We will remind, in December 2017, Apple confirmed an iOS function that impair performance with battery deterioration. After several lawsuits and prosecutions by regulatory authorities of different countries in the Apple tried to remedy the situation, apologizing, and lowering the cost of a replacement battery in older smartphones.

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Apple expands the list of laptops that are covered by warranty repair “sticky” keyboards

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In June last year , Apple acknowledged the problem with the keyboard in some laptops. The problem manifests itself as an unexpected repetition of the input symbol, or, conversely, lack of reaction on pressing. The manufacturer agreed to repair laptops with sticky keyboards.

Apple расширяет список ноутбуков, на которые распространяется гарантийный ремонт «залипающих» клавиатур

This week, the list of laptop models that are covered free of charge warranty service is extended. Added more new models of MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

It is unclear whether the inherent defect introduced today the MacBook Pro with OCTA-core processors. The company itself does not say, but third-party sources claim that the manufacturer is once again slightly changed the keyboard to reduce the severity of the problem, which he repeatedly became a target for collective action.

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Apple granted patents relating to displays on quantum dots and display a micro-LED

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Patent and trademark office has granted Apple a patent relating to the displays on quantum dots. The corresponding application was filed in 2017.

Apple выданы патенты, касающиеся дисплеев на квантовых точках и дисплеев micro-LED

Patent No. 10297581 called “Schema integration of quantum dots”. It describes the structure of the quantum dots and possible encapsulation of quantum dots. One of them, nanoencapsulation, when adjacent to the barrier layer covers only a single point, and the second — microencapsulation, when adjacent to the barrier layer covers a few points. In the second case, the matrix with quantum dots can be formed from various inorganic materials including metal oxides and glass, or organic materials such as acrylates, epoxy, or other polymeric materials.

Apple выданы патенты, касающиеся дисплеев на квантовых точках и дисплеев micro-LED

Among the inventors is the CEO of the company LuxVue. As you know, Apple has acquired LuxVue in 2014. Company LuxVue specializes in producing displays, micro-LED to consumer electronics.

By the way, simultaneously with the above-described patent Apple was granted patent No. 10297712. It describes a method of forming LEDs for panels micro-LED is designed for transfer to another substrate.

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